What is the Definition of Hypnotherapy and Does The Process Work?
Many people are searching for ways to improve their lives, change negative habits, or effect positive behavior changes. For many of these, hypnotherapy is a great option, but they are unclear about what the process involves.Buxmont Hypnosis is committed to helping people make positive life changes, and one way we can achieve our goal is to increase understanding of what hypnotherapy is, as well as how the process can be used to help with various challenges.
Definition of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a psychological healing process wherein guided hypnosis is used to achieve healing or some other desired result. The popular belief is that hypnosis induces a state of deep sleep, where you lose control over yourself, but in reality, a participant enters a state of enhanced inward meditation. The participant is aware, awake and able to remember.
The process of hypnotherapy allows an individual to harness his/her own mind power to effect positive changes. More scientifically, the analytical left-hand side of your brain is put to rest, while the non-analytical right-hand side of your brain is made more active and more alert.
Hypnotherapy can be used for many purposes, including:
- Pain management
- Motivation and confidence-building
- Sleep improvement
- Weight loss
- Overcoming addiction
- Reducing worry or fear
Does Hypnotherapy Work?
Hypnotherapy is a very effective, powerful, natural tool that professionals personalize for individuals’ unique needs. The process should only be undertaken with a professional hypnotherapist.
Much research suggests that hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be very effective. In an article for The Conversation, Amanda Barnier, who is a professor at Macquarie University’s Department of Cognitive Science, wrote, “Hypnosis can provide effective relief for psychological and physical symptoms.” She continued,” Indeed, economic and meta-analyses show that hypnotic treatments can have long-lasting effects and cost half as much as some traditional treatments.”
Clinical Research on Hypnosis Paints a Picture
With improved brain imaging technology, we can now see actual physical changes during hypnotherapy. In 2016, Stanford researchers scanned the brains of 57 individuals undergoing hypnosis, and reported that three distinct sections of the brain showed “altered activity and connectivity.” These sections are associated with insight and change.
One of the sections that showed decreased function was an area that controls focus. During hypnotherapy, the brain is typically absorbed and unconcerned with other subjects beyond those desired.
Activity increased in an area that controls the brain-body connection that helps the brain control the body’s activities. Finally, activity increased in an area that controls awareness of actions. According to researchers, this change presumably allows the brain to make changes without requiring mental focus on the actual activity.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that allows you to access your subconscious. In this way, you can bring out your own transformational capabilities to address your personal challenges. If you are still wondering whether hypnosis works, read some of our clients’ personal success stories.
Buxmont Hypnosis Provides Effective and Caring Hypnotherapy and Other Services
At BuxMont Hypnosis, we help make your life better through hypnosis. Our hypnotherapists can assist you with a wide range of services to help you lose weight, quit smoking, improve sleep, manage stress, overcome fear and enhance your performance. Contact us for your free hypnosis interview today!